Saturday, 7 September 2013

Picture This #216 ~ Light

Hi, this is Benni, your host for this week's Picture This. One of the delights of my life is playing with light in my photographs. Of course, all photos contain light and even the word photograph uses the Greek word for light.

So there are many ways to play with light: sunlight, twilight, light on water, reflected light, lamplight and so forth. These are some of my pictures in which light interacts with objects to form interesting (I hope) images. I am sure you will all have pictures which incorporate light in its many manifestations. How could you not?

Hobnail bowl c. 1930
Light shining through a vintage glass bowl.

Mulberry leaves
Morning light  - the leaves and shadows of a mulberry tree.

Gold Egyptian Cat
Light shimmering on the surface of my Egyptian gold cat. This was from the Cleopatra exhibit shown at the Field Museum in Chicago.

Congratulations, Robert, on your wonderful capture of red Christmas balls as Picture of the Week! It's a  lovely photograph and very deserving.


27 comments:

  1. Hi Benni what a wonderful theme for the week your examples are wonderful especially the first one--
    roberts shot is cool we are heading towards that time again

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    1. Thanks, Heidi. I got the bowl at an Amish flea market.

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  2. Beautiful captures Benni every one I cant pick a favourite

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    1. I am so glad you like them, thank you!

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  3. Hi Benni !! What a great choice for the theme!! Makes me wonder why I never thought of it!!! LOL. I really like all of your shots. Lovely soft light coming through the vintage glass bowl. Great play of light and shadow in the second one. I posted something similar. Wonderful golden glow reflected from the Egyptian cat :-))

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    1. Thanks, Mitch, it's great that you like the theme. Yes, yours of the leaves is very similar, something about leaves and shadows that is intriguing.

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  4. The first is fantastic reflecting that wonderful pink tone. Difficult to define what shadow and what leaf is - love it. The third is a great study, so artistic.

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    1. Thank you, Pat. I enjoy putting objects on my window sills to catch the light.

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    1. Thank you so much, Amalie. I am glad you enjoy them.

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  6. Three very original photos, I like the second one, playing between light and shadows.

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    1. Thanks, Sophie. Funny, I wasn't going to use that one, but my husband said he liked it. I am glad you do too.

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  7. Beautiful shots, all the three are, Benni! You did an excellent finding at the flea market... I like the morning light shot, as it's a subject that is not in my folders... The golden cat is a nice piece and I love it for the role cats played in ancient Egyptian society, mythology, etc.

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    1. Thank you, Belita. Morning light is generally not in my folders either, lol. The cat came with a note about their place in Egyptian society; it was so interesting. I am sure my cat would like to be treated like a queen.

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  8. hi benni, thanks for this lovely theme. I love night shots and the theme fits it perfectly. Love your three shots and the way you captured the light

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  9. Beautiful shell.

    Lovely shadowplay.

    Wonderful shot of the cat.

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    1. Thank you, Anders, how kind. The cat is a favorite of mine.

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  10. Light is always a great subject! I really like the glowy effect in your top and bottom photo and the shadows with the leaves :)

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    1. How kind, Danette! Light on objects is such a favorite of mine.

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  11. Hi Benni, these are three great images for your subject. You captured the light well in the first image of the bowl. Wonderful shadows of the branches and leaves of the mulberry tree. The Egyptian gold cat is beautiful in front of the window. The curator of the Field Museum knew best where to place it.
    Thank you for your comment on my photo.

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    1. Thank you Robert. The cat (not solid gold) was a present to me from my brother from the museum gift shop.

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  12. Hi Benni, absolutely love your cat.It is stunning!
    Love the pink bowl too. *I have a 'thing' about glass.* Love it!
    The Mulberry tree is great too.

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    1. Shayna, thank you and so wonderful to have you back.

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  13. Nice theme, Benni! The light on the vintage glass is so pretty! I love the pink and gold.

    I love the shadowy effects of the leaves. This is one of my favorite things to play with (light/shadow) in the garden.


    Pretty kitty!

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    1. Thank you so much! I also like to play with light and shadow, especially with flowers and leaves.

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  14. Great theme, Benni, head ache material when first I spotted it, but had a wander around and I get it now, I hope. Will try to take part this week, have the grand daughter here, so busy busy as per usual, but stealing a bit of time now before dinner and also at lunch time, out the office. I love your captures and so many great entries too, looks like we can interrpret this many ways.

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